Safety RazorUser manual
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HELLO!At Bambaw we want you to get the best out of our products. Our journeytogether continues a long way after your purchase, replacing wastefulproducts, step by step.The following pages will lead you to useful tips & tricks on how to getthe most out of your safety razor. The last part invites you to shareimprovement suggestion and to get involved with Bambaw and the zerowaste movement. Make sure to check it out!This user manual has been designed to be read on a screen, please do notprint it.
YOUR SAFETY RAZORThank you for making the eco conscious choice of switching to the Bambaw doubleedged safety razor.The Bambaw razor has a 100% natural, sustainably grown bamboo handle, andis complemented by a stainless-steel safety guard and trimmings. The result is adurable, sustainable safety razor that far outlives conventional razors. In fact, ifcared for correctly, your new razor can serve you for decades. With this switch youhelp reduce the number of disposable razors that end up in landfills and polluteour environment.With the right tips and advice, we trust our safety razor to be the most sustainableoption for both men and women. In this manual, you will learn how to get thatperfect close, clean shave on all areas of your body, as well as tips on how to makeyour blades last longer and recycling responsibly. Two home-made shaving soapand cream recipes are also included at the end of this user manual.Advantages of switching to a safety razorAfter switching from a disposable razor to a safety razor you’ll wonder why younever switched sooner! Recently, the trend has been the more blades the merrier.The issue with more blades is that they end up cutting the hair beneath the skin,increasing the risk of ingrown hairs. By switching, you will notice that you have lessingrown hairs and your skin will be generally, less irritated. Having only one blade ishealthier for your skin than 3, 4 or even 5 blades doing the same job!
HOW TO ASSEMBLETHE RAZOR1. Unscrew your bamboo razor anti clockwise2. Separate sections A, B & C3. Carefully take a blade from the packet and peel off the wrapping.4. Always carry the blade by the shorter edges5. Place the blade onto section C6. Place section B on top of the blade and section C.7. Assemble together onto section A8. Screw razor back together by twisting the bamboo handle NOT the razor
SHAVING TIPSSwitching to a double edge safety razor can be a little unsettling at first, especiallythose of us with sensitive skin. But don’t worry! Bambaw’s safety razor is equippedwith a safety guard, meaning you can use it for the same areas you would normallyshave. Just remember these key tips:Use a shaving brush and soap bar, or shave cream. You can whip up a foam bydabbing the brush into the shaving soap in a circular motion. Apply the soap orshaving cream to the skin in an upward motion. The brush helps the hairs to standtall, making them easier to cut.Go slow. Shaving with a safety razor is not difficult, you just need a few “test runs”to make a smooth transition and break bad shaving habits. The biggest mistake isto shave with a safety razor as though it were a disposable razor.Take care over bony parts. The razor has a safety guard but does not pivot like adisposable razor. Pull loose skin around areas like your knees, ankles and jaw linetight to avoid any cuts or nicks.
HOW TO GET THEPERFECT SHAVEEnsure that the area you want to shave is thoroughly wet. This is one of the mainsecrets to a great close shave without irritation or razor burn. Hair that is swollenwith water becomes weaker, and easier to cut.Use a soap or shaving cream that is rich and creamy. You want the cream to soakinto your hair, allowing the blade to run smoothly over your skin. Less resistance,less irritation and less nicks also mean a longer lasting blade!Make sure the blade is sharp. A dull razor is one of the main causes of razor burnand shaving rash. Regardless of the number of shaves, if the blade becomes dull,replace it. (See Stropping)Rinse the razor head under hot water before you begin: Rinse again after every fewswipes to remove accumulated shaving cream and hairs.Hold the razor at a 30 angle: Keep the angle of the head of the razor at about 30degrees to the surface of the skin.Take short and smooth strokes: A safety razor doesn’t have a pivot head likedisposable razors do, so keep this in mind and favour short strokes over long ones.Especially when shaving bony parts.Let the razor do the work: You do not need to apply much pressure. In fact, applyingtoo much pressure is generally when people cut themselves. Just let the weight ofthe handle do the work!Now rinse with cool water. Use the coolest water that is comfortable and pat yourskin dry with a clean towel. (Don’t rub! Just pat).ArmpitsTo get to those tricky spots in your armpits you can use the “three-way pass” method. A three-waypass typically means going “with the grain” on the first pass, “across the grain” with the secondpass and “against the grain” with the third and final pass. If you have sensitive skin or are prone toirritation, then skip this final step.Note: “grain” natural direction of hair growth.
AFTER SHAVETREATMENTEssentially, a closer shave and no gel strips means you need to pay more attentionto after-shave care. As there are fewer oil producing glands, the skin on most partsof our body is typically dryer than the skin on our face.If you are shaving your face we recommend using an after shave that has a highconcentration of natural antiseptics. Such as tea tree oil. Rosemary Oil is also agood option as it is naturally antibacterial and has a great woody scent.If you are shaving your body, moisturising after shaving will reduce any dryness.Ensure you use a moisturizer that has been tried and tested by you, especially ifyou have sensitive skin. If in doubt, we recommend natural oils such as coconut,avocado, argan or jojoba oil, which will rehydrate and soothe your skin.
TIPS ON CARE &LONGEVITYLooking after your skin and your blades goes hand in hand in extending the life ofyour razor.Remember, using warm water before shaving opens the pores and softens the hair,and using shaving cream or soap will go a long way in preserving the sharpness ofyour blades. Here are a few tips on how to care for your razor, and extend the lifeof your blades.DryingA simple habit that can make an enormous difference is to dry your razor thoroughlyafter each use. Indeed, blades degrade from moisture (microscopic rusting), not somuch from the actual friction with hair. Making sure your razor blade is dry aftereach shave will increase the lifespan of the blade tremendously.Follow these simple steps to dry your razor:1. Shake it up: With a loose wrist, shake the razor vigorously for several seconds todislodge water droplets from blades.2. Towel it off: Dab (don’t rub) the razor head on a towel or dry washcloth.3. Disassemble if not in use: If you don’t shave often, we recommend that youdisassemble the blade from the razor after each use to ensure it dries properly.CleaningEvery few weeks, we recommend giving it a good clean with hot water. Making sureyou reach all the joints and corners. It’s also wise to clean your shaving brush if youare using one. Simply rinse under water with a drop of soap or shampoo to removeoil and residue.
StroppingStropping helps to extend the life of your blade. All you need is a pair of jeans!Make sure your blade is clean and dry. Simply run each side of the blade down thejean leg 15 – 20 times at a 30 angle. Then, flip it over and repeat.StoringWe recommend storing the razor in a dry place, as moisture causes the blades togo dull faster. However, you could also soak the head of the razor in a small cup ofbaby oil or mineral oil after each shave. This will prevent the blade from rusting.Special careWe recommend oiling the razor handle every few months. Apply walnut oil, coconutoil or almond oil to a rag. Do not use olive oil as it goes rancid too quickly. Rub aliberal amount into the wood. Wipe off excess and allow to set overnight beforeusing it.
HOW TO RECYCLEBLADES SAFELY &RESPONSIBLYThe time to change your blade is different for everyone and completely depends onhow thick your hair is, how often you shave and your own personal preference. Werecommend not to try and push the boundaries too much as this may result in razorburn or irritation. Generally, you will find your own ideal moment through time andexperimentation. However, some tips:1. Be very careful not to cut your fingers when replacing a dull blade.2. Always remember to place fingers on the shorter edges of the blade or by holdingthe guard.3. Keep your fingers in the one spot and unscrew from the bamboo handle4. Replace with a clean fresh blade using the steps from ‘How to Assemble’Once you have your first blunt blade it is important that you dispose of this safely, soyou don’t accidentally hurt yourself or anyone else.Simply get an old can of soda and place dull blades straight into the opening! Thissafely keeps them stored where no one can cut themselves. Once full, just recycle according to your city’s local recycling programs.
BAMBAW IS ABOUTYOU!GET INVOLVEDWe need you! The zero-waste movement is growing, and we are very gratefulfor this.Still, many shops, event, bars, restaurants. are not yet part of the journey.Become an ambassador and promote the Bambaw products. Tell them thatalternatives are available, more than often they are eager to collaborate but justtoo busy to search for alternatives. Of course, if you get them involved we willreward you for your contribution.You are awesome, make your voice count! Show your Bamboo straw to the bartender Talk to shop owners lacking zero-waste swaps Get in touch to get our ambassador tipsAny questions or suggestions? Make sure to get in touch by e-mail [email protected] Facebook or Instagram. We would love to hear from you.
RECIPESIf your skin is on the dryer side we recommend using our homemade shaving creamrecipe as this will leave your skin intensely moisturized, but not greasy. Alternatively,if you have naturally oily skin we recommend making the Natural homemade shavingsoap recipe as this will be gentle on your skin without adding any more natural oils.NATURAL HOMEMADE SHAVING SOAPIngredients 1 bar of natural, handcrafted soap (store bought regular soaps don’t work!) 1 tbsp olive or almond oil or aloe vera gel 1-2 tbsp white clay, French clay, kaolin, or cosmetic clayYou can add a few drops of essential oils if you wish, to add a personal scent.Instructions1. Grate soap and on low heat, melt soap down with oil or aloe vera. It will take awhile, so be patient and stir often.2. Once melted, stir in the cosmetic clay (this makes a richer lather and is great forthe skin).3. Pour into moulds. You can use cardboard or old mugs and let set for severaldays until it re-hardens. This will last many months and strengthen more overtime.
HOMEMADE SHAVING CREAMIngredients 1/2 cup Shea Butter 1/2 cup Coconut Oil 1/4 cup Aloe Vera optional: essential oils (about 15-20 drops) e.g. tea tree, eucalyptus orpeppermint oil for a cooling effect. Lavender, citrus, chamomile or geranium fora sweet scent or cedar, patchouli, juniper or ginger for a more mellow aroma.You can even create your own by mixing some together! Make sure to do a teston the inside of your wrist first to see if your skin likes it.Instructions1. Add the Shea butter, coconut oil and Aloe vera to a bowl on top of a pot ofsimmering water. This keeps it from the direct heat of the stove, heating it gently.2. Heat up the ingredients until the mixture has completely melted and combined.3. Strain the mixture to remove any lumps from the aloe vera plant.4. Add essential oils (if using) and mix all together.5. Put the mixture into the refrigerator until completely solidified.6. Use a standing or hand-held mixer to whip the shaving cream into white, fluffypeaks (about 2-3 minutes)7. Scoop into containers, jars or (anything you’ve got lying around) and store atroom temperature.8. Use and enjoy!NoteThis recipe has a shelf life of 3 – 4 months. This shaving cream is designed to be extremely moisturising.If it is too greasy for you, simply rinse after use and wipe your skin with a towel to remove any excess ortry the shaving soap instead. The composition of the cream may react differently to different climates.
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